Further useful information

Advice on how to avoid fires afloat, selecting suitable smoke alarms and how to make your fire action plan - www.boatsafetyscheme.com/fire

Advice on how to avoid carbon monoxide, the silent killer  - www.boatsafetyscheme.com/co

Health & Safety Executive carbon monoxide safety -

www.hse.gov.uk/campaigns/worksmart/videos/index.htm#gas - go to the gas safety section.

http://www.hse.gov.uk/gas/domestic/co.htm for information about CO, its symptoms and effects.

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Carbon-monoxide-poisoning/Pages/Introduction.aspx for information about CO, its symptoms and effects.

General fire safety advice can be found on www.direct.gov.uk/firekills

Advice on how to install solid fuel appliances to BS 8511:2010 www.soliftec.com/Installation.htm

Information about solid fuel from the Solid Fuel Association www.solidfuel.co.uk

Recognised body approving appliances, fuels and services. www.hetas.co.uk

National Approved Chimney Sweeps is a register of sweeps providing sweeping and technical expertise for the safe operation and maintenance of chimneys, appliances and the installation of flue systems. www.nacs.org.uk

Case studies

On the HSE website you can also see this case study on CO poisoning linked to the use of a woodburner http://www.hse.gov.uk/campaigns/worksmart/videos/gas7.wmv

Or this one about a blocked chimney in a mediacl practice http://www.hse.gov.uk/campaigns/worksmart/videos/gas8.wmv

This a case study of fatal fire on a narrowboat that investigators think was linked to the use of a solid fuel stove. The stove installation did not meet with current best practice and it was used in ways that added to the risk, see: http://www.maib.gov.uk/publications/investigation_reports/2007/lindy_lou.cfm